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Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

101 PARK AVENUE, NEW YORK, NY 10178-0061, USA
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Work +1 212 696 6000
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Fax +1 212 697 1559
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www.curtis.com

United States: Dispute resolution

International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP is well known for its investment treaty arbitration work, acting for governments and state-owned entities in investor-state arbitrations. Highlights included defending Venezuela in arbitrations related to multibillion-dollar claims by Mobil Corporation and ConocoPhillips arising from the restructuring of the country’s petroleum industry and representing India in a group of high-profile arbitrations brought by a number of foreign investors in the telecoms sector. The team is also acting for Cyprus in three arbitrations involving the regulation of the banking industry. In New York, department head George Kahale III is ‘extremely effective in developing and managing a team to work on a case’, Mark O’Donoghue and Miriam Harwood are ‘strong analytically’, and Benard Preziosi is ‘very effective’. In Washington DC, Borzu Sabahi and Justin Jacinto, who also operates out of the London office, made partner.

Leading lawyers

George Kahale III - Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

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International trade
International trade - ranked: tier 3

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

Led by Daniel Porter, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP’s four-partner team is best known in the market for its respondent-side trade remedies expertise. Aided by its office in Beijing, the firm has a focus on representing the interests of corporations and governments from China as well as Asia more widely, including Korean multinational LG Electronics, which Porter is representing in ongoing anti-dumping proceedings. Alongside William Barringer, Porter has been acting for new client Tokyo Steel in the defense of anti-dumping allegations brought by the US steel industry. Barringer also represents the Vietnam Association of Shrimp Exporters in the DOC’s annual administrative reviews of the anti-dumping duty order on frozen shrimp from Vietnam. Matthew McCullough has a flourishing practice defending the Chinese government in subsidy cases, including in its role as a defendant in WTO cases. James Durling is also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Matthew McCullough - Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

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United States: Finance

Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate
Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate - ranked: tier 5

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP acts for a range of clients in bankruptcy and restructuring matters, including debtors, creditors’ committees and purchasers of distressed assets. The firm is particularly well known for its work as conflicts counsel and regularly receives referrals from top-tier law firms. Recent examples include representing the official committee of unsecured creditors in Peabody Energy’s Chapter 11 and, on the debtor side, acting for the debtor and debtor in possession in both the Fairway Group Holdings and Breitburn Energy bankruptcies. The firm also represented Flextronics Industrial as co-chair of the official committee of unsecured creditors in the SunEdison bankruptcy. Theresa Foudy brings ‘more of a litigation angle’ and the ‘diligentShaya Rochester can ‘always be relied on to provide considered and sensible advice’. Steven Reisman, who has ‘great intellect and interpersonal skills’, and Lynn Harrison III, who is ‘a very safe pair of hands and a supportive, proactive member of the multi-jurisdictional team’, lead the New York-based practice.

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)
M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) - ranked: tier 4

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP’s ‘top-drawer’ corporate M&A practice group is highly focused on middle-market deals. It has extensive expertise in complex cross-border transactions and foreign investments, and its sector experience includes the energy, commodities, manufacturing, transportation, pharmaceuticals and technology industries. In New York, team head Lawrence Goodman advised Chop’t Creative Salad Company (CCSC) on a significant investment made into CCSC by Catterton, a consumer-focused private equity firm, and The Hain Celestial Group, an organic and natural products company; Goodman is ‘an incredibly astute, business-sensitive attorney who epitomizes the word “counsel”; he devotes time, energy and intellect to every matter and client’. A multinational commodity trading and mining company is also a client of the firm. Evan Borenstein, Andrew Seiden, Joshua Geller and William Candelaria are other notable attorneys; and Raymond Hum divides time between Washington DC and New York.

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United States: Tax

International tax
International tax - ranked: tier 5

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

The international tax department at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP handles mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations, spin-offs, tax controversies, litigation and tax-related arbitration. Apart from team lead Alan Berlin, there are three other key partners in New York. Chairman George Kahale represents the government of Uganda in a series of arbitrations concerning contractual provisions regarding the taxation of sales and assignments of participating interests in petroleum agreements. Carl Ruggiero, Marco Blanco (who works in the Paris office), Shaun Reader and London-based Thomas Laurer advised the Private Equity Fund Origination Group at Merrill Lynch on the formation and launch of a series of feeder investment funds, such as the Blackstone Real Estate Partners VIII Feeder Funds (worth $352m) and the Carlyle US Equity Feeder Funds (worth $183m).

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US taxes: non-contentious
US taxes: non-contentious - ranked: tier 7

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP houses ‘an excellent international tax practice’ under the leadership of Alan Berlin. Marco Blanco ‘tackles the most complex jurisdictional problems calmly and with both technical expertise and creativity’. The firm regularly acts for US-based and foreign clients on complex transactional and international tax matters, including Bank of America Merrill Lynch, which it advises on a day-to-day basis and with any new initiatives relating to restructuring new products and their tax implications.

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Latin America: International firms

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

Top notch’ firm Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP works hard to ‘understand the client’s objectives’, constantly strives to ‘fulfill its client’s needs either through customary solutions or by looking for innovative alternatives’ and ‘always provides solutions in a timely manner’. It has a major focus on sovereigns, government entities and state-owned companies, especially in Mexico and Venezuela. Recent matters include advising Banco Nacional de Comercio Exterior (Bancomext) on the structuring, negotiation and development of a new master trade finance programme with Worldbusiness Capital and other US-based financial institutions; and it also represented Corporación Venezolana del Petróleo on three financing transactions with Rosneft. In another key deal, the team advised Grupo Posadas on a liability management and refinancing securities offering. New York partner William Candelaria is ‘highly responsive’, a ‘problem solver and solution presenter’, who provides top-flight ‘professional service’ built upon ‘excellent market knowledge and understanding’. New York’s David Bayrock and Rodrigo Valverde in Mexico City are also recommended.

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